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Dead I Well May Be (Dead Trilogy #1)

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Playaway is the simplest way to listen to audio on the go. Each Playaway comes with the digital content already pre-loaded on it and a battery to make it play. Simply plug in earbuds and enjoy. Each ultra-portable Playaway weighs only two ounces and comes packaged with earbuds and a standard AAA battery to allow for immediate listening. Every Playaway comes ready to shelve ...more
Published July 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2003)
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Nov 16, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
craic - Gaelic word for fun or happening
crack - most addictive form of cocaine

It's probably best not to confuse the two.


Forced to leave his native Ireland in search of gainful employment, Michael Forsythe ends up in Harlem in a sort of indentured servitude to local crime lord, Darkey White. (Snort!) Mike turns out to be good at his job, but pretty stupid when it comes to the ladies. Now being employed is the least of his problems and he's on the run, fi
Feb 27, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a moody, intricate piece of work! I can't say I loved the whole thing, but I couldn't stop listening. Fabulously read by Gerard Doyle whose Irish brogue complemented the character perfectly. That's the story - Michael Forsythe. He's not the brightest lad & he has his problems both with drink & impulse control, but he's a nice enough bloke. Sometimes, his performance is cringe-worthy, other times incredibly cold, heroic, &/or tough, but generally he's just trying to get by. He's ...more
Feb 28, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Holy crap. I picked this up because it's Irish, mostly. Only a few discs into the story it's a pretty fun listen. It's written in first person, so listening to it is no different than your favorite Irish friend telling you a story. With A LOT of f-bombs in it. To give you an guy (Scotchy) was giving the main character (Mike) a hard time over the phone. The main character goes silent for quite a while as Sotchy bellows into the phone. Scotchy finally wises up to the silent treatment a ...more
Karen O2
Jan 13, 2010 Karen O2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its actually pretty ridiculous. I had to get this book from the United Kingdom on And of course had to pay shipping. Why not get it from Audible? Well, I prefer to read my books not listen to disembodied voices in my head.

All right, moan over, back to the book:

Quite simply one of the best novels I have ever read. I didn't say one of the best crime novels. I said one of the best novels. The basic plot description is this: the story of a young Irish immigrant in the violent New Yor
I wasn't expecting much from this book, since the plot summary doesn't do it much justice. Neither the thriller/crime category applied to it. It's much more than that. Can I call it an existential thriller? A study in desperate crime maybe?
Here's a fine young man caught in desperate situations he can't escape, all the way since his childhood. Here the universe will not even raise its eyebrow to help him, nothing like the helpful conspiring universe of Coehlo's wishful fuckery. He's fighting wit
Jan 01, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I'm happy to have made finishing this up my first read/listen of 2016. I gave this one 3.5 stars rounded down due to it not quite grabbing me as much as his Duffy books, but it was still good craic. McKinty can certainly paint a picture. I particularly like how he describes NYC of the early 1990s through an immigrants eyes.
DEAD I WELL MAY BE (Suspense-NY/Mexico-Cont) – G+
Adrian McKinty – 2nd book
Pocket Books, 2004 – Paperback
Michael Forsythe, a 19-year old illegal immigrant from Belfast, is an enforcer for a New York Crime boss. After being betrayed by his employer, which lands him in a Mexican prison, he returns to New York determined for revenge.
*** This is a tough book for me to evaluate. It saddened me as the character of Michael is young and highly intelligent, yet seemingly unwilling to leave the violent li
Veydh Gooljar
A vengeful-based story, starting off with the Irish protagonist, Michael Forsythe being jobless and borderlining poverty was offered a job to work in New York. This story was based in the 80s/90s in Harlem when it was abundant with crime (thus being a crime-based story). Narration was in first person.

As this book was in first person and the story was that of crime and vengeance, to me, the book's foremost quality was being thrilling. Following a character who had some street sense and was mixed
Rob Kitchin
May 29, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead I May Well Be is a confident, bold and assured debut novel of great depth and storytelling. Forsythe is a complex and well-drawn character and the rest of the cast are more than mere extras. The writing is sharp and dark, the plot is rich and thick with political and philosophical insight, as well as violence and pathos, and the story zips along at a cracking pace. McKinty does a good job of capturing the sights and sounds of pre-Giuliani New York City, and the personal relations within and ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mafia
A classic noir with mob connotations, ‘Dead I Well May Be’ introduces a hero with more heart than body parts (read the book, you’ll know what I mean). From Ireland to New York to the jungles of Mexico the blood runs think and fast as the protagonist seeks vengeance for his wrong doing. I liken this to the Sopranos (somewhat) in the earlier stages of the book with a hint of Hank Thompson (Charlie Huston’s creation) towards the end. A solid read for fans of mob related fiction, noir, and plain goo ...more
Dark gritty crime novel that takes the reader from Belfast to New York City and then to Mexico. A very good read though a bit too long. Loved the narration on the audio by Gerard Doyle. His Irish accent really made the listen enjoyable.
Dark and funny, tough and confrontational, lyrical and even poetic in places, quintessentially Irish, DEAD I WELL MAY BE is the first in a series of books featuring Michael Forsythe, a young Irish man with a flair for danger, drinking, and fighting his way out of impossible situations.

McKinty writes in a style that's easy to associate with noir Irish writing, a sort of a stream of consciousness thing, that alternates between incredibly compelling and making the reader want to hide under the bed
Aug 18, 2009 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid first novel and I look forward to reading more by Adrian McKinty.

I have a few small gripes with the book: some unnecessary foreshadowing that steps on the story being told in the present, a knack of letting a digression take over a scene, and the book is probably about 50 pages longer than its very simple story needs.

The first half is really great. That's not to say the latter half isn't good, the story just changes drastically. Where the first half is grounded and the story remains rela
This is an out and out crime novel. By a "crime novel", I mean a novel about a criminal way of life. The story is about a criminal, in the perspective of a criminal, about the criminal way of life and the various ups and downs of the same. There is no honor, no glory, no code. It's just a clinical way of life. This is a world about which normal people have no idea about. The transactions, the relationships, the ethics are all a part of that criminal perspective.

Written in a unique narration, the
Reminded me a lot of The Ghosts of Belfast.

A guy from Northern Ireland comes to Harlem in the early nineties and gets involved with Irish gangsters.

What a great premise! This book really has nothing to do with the premise, though. It's a straight revenge tale. Very violent, and not really my thing.

McKinty's writing is fantastic, though. It's like a fugue that drifts between the present, past, and future. Really excellent, unusual descriptive passages. I'm not normally a sucker for that sort of t
Carey Combe
Jul 22, 2014 Carey Combe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Dent like the style - not for me this series
Apr 04, 2016 Jenny is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 24, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Forsythe is a good bad boy - a 19 year old illegal immigrant from Ireland, caught in the gang wars between the Irish and Hispanic crews in upper Manhattan as they fight to control the drug trade and protection rackets.

He is violent when he needs to be to survive, but it is not his first choice. He would prefer just to do his job and stay below the radar. That all goes sideways when he falls for his boss's girlfriend, and his boss finds out. Darkey White is a temporarily successful gangst
Claudia Putnam
Oh hell, okay I'll give it 4 stars just because it's so hard to find an escape read that isn't crap. This book lacks the Irish Troubles backdrop that was so interesting in The Cold, Cold Ground. Except at the start when we need a reason for Michael to become an illegal immigrant in America. In Belfast, he's working day labor and one job is to restore all the broken windows up and down the street after yet another bomb goes off in the Europa Hotel ("the most bombed hotel in Europe"). The Europa h ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Audio book, narrated by Gerard Doyle.)

I've been bingeing on Adrian McKinty. This is the third book I've read by him in a month, and I've already got two more books on hold at the library.

I started with the first of his Sargeant Duffy trilogy (Cold, Cold Ground), then went to a standalone, Fifty Grand, and then read this one, the first novel he produced. He certainly got off to a blazing start: Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and was picked by Book
Felix Zilich
Feb 16, 2014 Felix Zilich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, irish-luck
Молодой гопник из Белфаста Майкл Форсайт пытался завязать с прошлым, отправившись служить в британскую армию, но вскоре избил штатского и был уволен на гражданку за плохое поведение. Потом ему отказали в пособии по безработице (соседи, сволочи, настучали), после чего парню не оставалось другого пути, кроме как ехать в Нью-Йорк на поиски заработка.

Но вместо обещанной работы на стройке, полной скучных пролетарских будней и дешевого “гиннеса”, Майкл оказался в бригаде бойцов Тёмного Уайта, ирландс
Jun 19, 2010 BJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful, horrifying, philosophical, poetic, violent, and funny. This is the first Adrian McKinty book I've read, but it won't be the last. The only problem is the books are hard to find.

In this first of the trilogy, Michael Forsythe is a nineteen-year-old illegal from Northern Ireland working for the Irish mob in New York. A stint in a Mexican prison is the turning point of his life. Michael remains likable and honorable even when he is seeking vengeance (or maybe it's justice).
Aj Laurien
Jul 04, 2010 Aj Laurien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is wow!

The people in charge of marketing this book should all be fired.

IMHO this is the best crime novel of the last decade, up there with Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard and Bob Parker at their finest. Someone really screwed up here. This should have been a NYT best seller. But thats ok as I'll take it as a cult classic.

Buyer beware though this is very Irish!! i.e. swearing, sex, violence and black humor.
Jun 12, 2015 Halyna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book in a hustle right before my flight. I don't usually read thrillers nor enjoy gangster genre per se but this pulpy novel captivated me from the first paragraph. It's full of violence, atrocity and lots of bloodshed. Why did I even bother? Yet unable to put it down, I read the whole book in one breath on the plane.

It's a story of an Irish immigrant who escaped the Belfast madness of 90's only to find himself joining the Irish mafia in one of the most crime and drug-ridden neigh
Feb 27, 2009 Chana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A lot of violence, some of it pretty unrealistic I think. Some of the writing is exciting, intelligent and thoughtful. I didn't like the beginning or the ending of the book, but most of the middle had a grip on my attention. In the end I didn't feel that I gained any particular insight by reading it and I was not entertained by the violence. This book was the first wild release bookcrossing book that I found.
Fiona Godfrey
Apr 18, 2014 Fiona Godfrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone looking for a good read? May I recommend Adrian McKinty’s “Dead I Well May Be”. A friend lent me 4 books of his, and this the first novel he wrote, I believe. He’s a raunchy bard, this Irishman, and his novel packs punch from start to finish, a violent saga told with a velvet tongue. His language is intoxicating, addictive, a pared down voice of wit and soulfulness. I think I’d read one crime story prior to this, as I have no interest in murders and Who-dunnits, but this is written so bea ...more
Carmen Serra
Mar 17, 2015 Carmen Serra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love the way McKinty uses time and place as a character in his novels. Like this one New York in the 90's. As if in another time and place these events would not have unfolded as they did. But the culture and atmosphere as described really adds richness and credibility to the fiction. I really like the way he tells a story
Joe Stamber
Jun 24, 2014 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, read-2014
I decided to give this series a try after reading McKinty's excellent Sean Duffy trilogy. Michael Forsythe is from the other side of the tracks to Sean Duffy, but is an equally intriguing character. A teenage Michael finds that things aren't working out for him in Northern Ireland and emigrates to New York under the radar of the authorities. Here he works for some local gangsters and seems to slot easily into his new life. However, from the start it is obvious that Michael is the type of guy who ...more
Alan Gerstle
Feb 08, 2016 Alan Gerstle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you cross the writing of Richard Price with Cormac McCarthy, you won't get the prose of Adrian McKinty, but he is an original voice, and it's admirable he is able to capture the street life of NYC as well as a native New Yorker.
Bronwyn Mcloughlin
Really enjoyed the trip to work over the week that I was listening to this one. Its not complex. It is devious and double crossing, graphic and profane, but so gripping to listen to. Not predictable, and Mikey Forsythe reveals himself as he tells the story. He's not stupid; he's canny, and despite the fact its his own fault that he finds himself in a perilous position on several notable occasions, you can't help thinking he's more sinned against than sinning. His reflections on his childhood and ...more
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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 onwards Denver, Colorado where he taught high sch ...more
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